Zajac picked up a pair of assists and went plus-4 in Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Flyers. He'd whiffed on the scoresheet in five straight games, then missed one for the birth of a child; perhaps the time off gave Zajac some new perspective on his game. The 31-year-old pivot has now cleared 40 points for the seventh time, but he hasn't hit even 50 since posting his career-best 67 in 2009-10. There's some fantasy value here, but mostly in deeper formats.
Zajac (personal) is on track to return Thursday after missing Saturday's game due to the birth of his third child, CSN Philadelphia reports. The veteran center will reclaim his spot on the top line and in the power-play mix. Zajac has been reliable (if unspectacular) in the attacking zone, crafting 13 goals and 26 assists -- including 11 power-play points -- over 66 games.
Zajac will miss Saturday night's game against the Coyotes, as he will be back in New Jersey for the birth of his third child. Unlike many injuries, a happy occasion like the birth of a child isn't likely to keep a player out for long and the fact that the Devils have two days off following Saturday's contest definitely helps Zajac's case. Expect the doting father to make his return Tuesday against the Jets.
Zajac registered a goal and an assist during Monday's overtime loss to Montreal to extend his point streak to five games. During the scoring streak, Zajac has three goals, eight points and 12 shots, which has increased his season-long totals to 13, 39 and 108 over 61 games. While fantasy owners shouldn't overvalue his recent uptick in offensive production, Zajac is a potential add in deeper seasonal leagues and worth considering as a low-priced flier in daily contests when the Devils land in a favorable matchup. Just remember that Zajac hasn't hit the 20-goal or 50-point plateau since the 2009-10 campaign.
Zajac's point streak now stands at four games and six points after he picked up two assists in Saturday's overtime loss to the Rangers. Zajac has been very effective in his last nine games (three goals, six assists), but his overall totals (37 points in 60 games) disguise his recent success. You might just find him lurking on the wire as a result. Just be prepared to drop Zajac at the first sign of a cold front.
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